CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – A federal judge has determined that a Charles City man will remain behind bars for the time being as his firearms charges are addressed.
In an order filed Tuesday, Linda Reade, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court’s Northern District of Iowa, ruled that Randy Patrie should remain detained pending further order of the court. This reverses a ruling made by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jon Scoles on Monday, who scheduled Patrie for release at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Patrie was arrested by Charles City authorities after an investigation led to multiple firearms in his possession that authorities say were stolen from Gilbert’s Sale Yard in a burglary in early May. He is charged with Unauthorized Possession of Offensive Weapons in Floyd County District Court, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Friday. Federal law enforcement got involved because of the number of firearms in his possession, combined with his prior record as a felon.
In response to Judge Scoles’ ruling, federal prosecutors argued that “there are no conditions that will reasonably assure the safety of the community” if Patrie were to be released. Judge Reade’s ruling states that this decision could be changed in the future, allowing Patrie to be released during his court proceedings.